Online Resources & Databases


Find census, birth, marriage, death records, stories, publications, photographs and maps.

Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. Please contact your library for instructions on how to access this resource. Please use our contact form under the About Us menu. Once you have your access credentials, please click here.



A comprehensive collection of automobile repair information! This database covers more than 38,000 vehicles from 1974 to present. Content includes DIY step-by-step auto repair instructions with suggested skill levels, estimated length of time for repairs, and costs for parts (USD only). Packed with drawings, diagrams and photographs, you’ll find diagnostic trouble codes, maintenance schedules, technical service bulletins & recalls issued by the original equipment vehicle manufacturer.

Accessible from anywhere using your mobile device or tablet. Requires library card number.

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BC Building Codes – Fire & Plumbing Codes

Government of B.C.

BC Building Code 2018

The BC Building Code (BCBC) is a provincial regulation that governs how new construction, building alterations, repairs and demolitions are completed. This code establishes minimum requirements for safety, health, accessibility, fire and structural protection of buildings and energy and water efficiency. It applies throughout the province except for some federal lands and the City of Vancouver.

No library card required.

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BC Laws

This site will provide you access to the current and historical BC Legislation. Content accessible from in or outside the library. No library card required.

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BC Vehicle Safety & Inspection Standards

Produced by the Queen’s Printer in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation to provide current access to vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation from official sources. Accessible only while in the library. No library card required.

View the BC Vehicle Safety database »



Business Plans Handbook

A compilation of business plans developed by small businesses throughout North America. Access is made possible by the Small Business Accelerator at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC with financial support from the Sutherland Foundation. Requires library card number.

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Canadian Subsidy Directory

Since the 90’s the Canadian Subsidy Directory maintains the most affordable and complete database providing information about financial assistance and funding opportunities in Canada.


Learn a language with Duolingo! Each lesson includes a variety of speaking, listening, translation, and multiple choice challenges. Duolingo also motivates you to stay on track by recording how many days in a row you spend learning a language.

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KnowBC was launched in 2001 as the online edition of Harbour Publishing’s Encyclopedia of British Columbia. The encyclopedia remains the cornerstone of KnowBC, but there is much more on the site today.

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Download free ebooks and audiobooks to your computer, ereader or mobile device. This is a province-wide shared collection containing over 90,000 fiction and non-fiction ebooks and audiobooks for all ages. Both the Overdrive and Libby apps will give you access. Requires library card number. Please email if you require assistance.

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Niche Academy

Niche Academy offers free tutorials on how to use different digital resources.

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EBSCO Databases

Ancestry Library Edition

World Book

Points to the Past

Points to the Past is an exciting initiative that provides free perpetual access to nearly 200 million pages of digital historical content to all BC residents, as part of a unique agreement arranged by University of Victoria Libraries, UBC Library, and  Simon Fraser University Library.

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Small Engine Repair

Through a collection of comprehensive full-text content, Small Engine Repair Reference Center provides users with detailed, yet user-friendly repair guides for all  manner of small engines. Requires library card number.


View the Small Engine Repair database »


Tech Boomers is a free educational website that teaches older adults and others with limited computer skills how to use the most popular websites on the Internet.

TechBoomers offers over 100 free courses on many different websites and apps, including FacebookNetflixAncestry, and Internet Safety. Visit today and start learning how to use technology to make your life easier (and more fun!).



TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.

TumbleBookLibrary Premium has over 1100 titles for grades K-6, and includes our unique animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, non-fiction books, playlists, as well as books in Spanish and French. Plus, the collection features Graphic Novels – a student favorite!

How to Log-In:

  • Username: ftstjohn
  • Password: libra


World Book

World Book Online Reference Center includes all of the articles from the print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia plus additional features designed to help students learn to do research. The encyclopedia is also available in both Spanish and French languages with the click of a button!

Access to World Book Online is only available from inside FSJPL.

Start using World Book Online now »